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It's Time for Indie Labels to Step it Up

For decades all the indie labels out there have essentially been the Little Mac’s of the industry and when it came to the big fight they had to dodge every jab thrown their way and wait for the Mike Tyson’s of the music world to blink so they could finally have a chance to get a punch in. Now, however, with major labels failing to adapt to the internet and budgets for big releases shrinking by the day, the indies finally have a real chance at a fair fight. This is why now is the time for indie labels to step it up. How can they do this? Well, I have a few ideas.

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The Adam B Experience (ABX) Podcast #11!

The Adam B Experience

Adam B: "I have a real hot one for ya this week! ABX #11 features six new joints, including the latest from Homeboy Sandman. This week also marks The Adam B Experience debut of Senor Kaos, an emcee I'm sure you'll be hearing a lot from in the very near future. Feedback is welcome, just hit me up at Enjoy the show!" If you've never checked out The Adam B Experience now is the time, and the show is 100% PODSAFE and TOTALLY FREE for listeners at - no worries about downloading or sharing this show. Tell your friends to check it out at!

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Hip-Hop Shop #19 - Bam, Tha Connection, "Mass Appeal '09"

The Hip-Hop Shop is the precursor to Kayfabe 4 Dummies every Sunday night, a 30 minute show of hip-hop tracks and talk. Since this week's show occured during the Superbowl we pre-taped 30 minutes of music for your enjoyment including new tracks from Bam, Tha Connection, Shaya and a new track by Convinced remixing GangStarr into "Mass Appeal '09." Tune in every Sunday at 9:30 PM EST, 8:30 Central via and if you miss the live show be sure to look for the replay here on RapReviews or via our sponsor The shows are 100% podsafe so distribute to your friends and tell them to visit Enjoy!

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Big B Debuts New Song Criminals Online

From James at Kerosene Media:

For Immediate Release: Big B Debuts New Song 'Criminals' Online

Skratch N Sniff Radio Offers Fans Chance To Win A Trip for Two To Las Vegas To Party With Big B, Carey Hart and Unwritten Law’s Scott Russo

Las Vegas heavyweight Big B has posted the new track “Criminals” online at from his upcoming new album “American Underdog”, which is slated for release March 24th through Suburban Noize.

With his forth studio effort, "American Underdog", Big B has taken his sound ventured out on a musical expedition into uncharted territory. Working with the production team of J&A Productions (Dumbluck, OPM), Big B has elevated his sound to the next level by using his tested formula but also embracing the eclectic contemporary alt-rock of artists like Everlast and Citizen Cope. The album has already started to pick-up radio support with the lead single “Sinner” featuring Unwritten Law’s Scott Russo picking up early spins at KIWR in Omaha, KCXX in Riverside, WJRR in Orlando; WCCC and X107.5 XTreme Radio in Las Vegas amongst others.

"American Underdog" is the follow-up to “More To Hate”, which debuted at #17 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and produced the surprise hit single “White Trash Life”. The song would go on to become one of the most requested tracks on Sirius Satellite Radio's FACTION and give Big B some of the biggest success of his career.

Big B has partnered with Skratch N Sniff Radio to offer fans a chance to win a trip for two to Las Vegas to attend an advance listening party of “American Underdog” alongside Hart & Huntington’s Carey Hart and Unwritten Law’s Scott Russo. For details please visit .

Big B will joining Kottonmouth Kings and La Coka Nostra on the Bring Tha Noize Tour alongside Blaze Ya’ Dead Homie and Potluck.


Feb 25 Petaluma, CA @ Phoenix Theater
Feb 26 Chico, CA @ Senator Theatre
Feb 27 Portland, OR @ Roseland
Feb 28 Seattle, WA @ Showbox
Mar 01 Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
Mar 03 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
Mar 04 Billings, MT @ Shrine Auditorium
Mar 05 Rapid City, SD @ Rushmore Hall
Mar 06 Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium
Mar 07 St. Paul, MN @ Myth
Mar 08 Fargo, ND @ Playmakers
Mar 09 Sioux Falls, SD @ Ramkota Exhibit Hall
Mar 11 Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
Mar 12 Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Club
Mar 13 Detroit, MI @ Clutch Cargos
Mar 14 Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
Mar 15 Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
Mar 17 Mokena, IL @ Pearl Room
Mar 18 Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
Mar 19 Cheswick, PA @ Gravity Nightclub
Mar 20 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
Mar 21 Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head
Mar 22 Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of Living Arts
Mar 23 New York, NY @ BB Kings
Mar 26 Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
Mar 27 Saint Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Landing
Mar 28 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Mar 29 Sauget, IL @ Pops
Mar 31 Tulsa, OK @ Cains Ballroom
Apr 01 Kansas City, MO @ Beaumont Club
Apr 02 Wichita, KS @ Cotillion Ballroom
Apr 03 Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
Apr 04 Magna, UT @ The Great Salt Air


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New Biggie Smalls Backstage Clip from Rap Phenomenon

From Golddust Media:

Biggie Smalls: Rap Phenomenon is the first official Biggie documentary to offer exclusive footage of the rap legend.  Check the footage below for an exclusive backstage look from the greatest rapper of all time.  Biggie Smalls: Rap Phenomenon is OUT NOW on Gold Dust.  See more footage at

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Aceyalone & The Lonely Ones In Stores March 31st


AceyaloneIN-STORES MARCH 31st - Aceyalone & The Lonely Ones

About the record:

Drawing on the sounds of Phil Spector, 60s girl groups, the J.B.s and a slew of raw, dirty funk for sonic inspiration, Aceyalone & The Lonely ones is a tribute album to the doo-wop, blues and funk genres that have been so inspiring to the MC.

The second in a series of genre-specific releases, Aceyalone & The Lonely Ones is a follow up to his 2007 Lightning Strikes, an ode to his love for Jamaican music.

Full big-band sound is coupled with finger snaps, falsetto choruses and Rickenbacker guitar that is a look more towards Motown & the Wall of Sound than today’s by-the-numbers beats.

Along with producer Bionik, each song was painstakingly produced to re-create the sound and feel of a long-gone era and augmented with modern flourishes. The result is an album that simultaneously looks forward and back for inspiration.


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Artist:               Aceyalone
Title:                Aceyalone & The Lonely Ones
Sel.#                DCN-69
Barcode#         850717001803
Series              CD11
In-Stores          March 31st (Just in Time For Spring Love) Rap + Producer Finalists Episodes LIVE

From Presents... The Finalists, Season 2

New York, NY (January 28, 2009) -, what's the word? Hope you had a great week and weekend. This newsletter comes after a few minor delays but not without the heavy, heavy news: THE RAP FINALISTS ARE DOWN TO THEIR LAST CHALLENGE AND THE PRODUCER FINALISTS HAVE BEGUN!!!

With Task #5: The Co-Sign in the books, Silent Knight was sent home. While he and his four remaining Finalists each killed their respective collabs, we had to let him go because he failed to turn in a full song. However, we extend our utmost appreciation for SK's participation in the contest and look forward to more music in the future. He had a big fan in Head of Radio & Promotions Jon Rifkind, and certainly made an impression on the rest of the staff.

That being said, Task #6: The Meeting is underway as we speak, with each Finalist here in NYC at the Records building taking meetings with our A&R staff. Stay tuned until Friday when we release Episode 8 of The Finalists and show ya'll how it all went down. Maybe we'll even be... live? Stay tuned!! For now, be sure to check out our Finalists Kyte Channel here with all the updates.

Now, don't think we forgot about the Producers Finalists, either!! We had some great submissions this first round, and with some having a bit more slap than others, we had to eliminate three people: Jalyan Powers, JBatts14k and Oneil were all sent back to the boards. Head of Operations and A&R for SRC Records Jason Kpana speaks on the decision here. Stay tuned and see how the guys handle Task #2: Software Wizard! Expect to hear/see the creation of some dope sample-free beats, exclusively for

Now, a few other quick items of note:
*** Finalists: Episode 7 – The Co-Sign

Charlie Hustle stopped through and talked about co-signs

    * Our Finalists locked in some incredible co-signs in only a week's time!
    * With extenuating circumstances prohibiting Silent Knight from submitting a track, it made a tough decision a little easier
    * Check out their collaborative efforts here

*** Producer Finalists Episode 1 - Eliminations

VP of Operations and Head of A&R Talks the Finalists

    * The Producer Finalists each came with their Best Beat for Task #1
    * Three of our Top 10 were sent home... click through to see how it went down!


Steve Rifkind Battles Jamieson In Wall Smashing Contest

Steve negotiating the terms of the wall-smash

    * It started out with $100,000 offer to anyone that could knock him out...
    * It escalated into who could break a bone first...
    * And culminated in an age-old question: Is the headbutt mightier than the fist?

*** Industry News Exclusives…

    * Lil Wayne + AT&T = Lame
    * Brand New Guest Blog: Sha Stimuli - Is It Me?
    * Industry News: Imeem Charging Money + Unlimited Downloads in France + Flickr Lawsuit


Good. Comedy. Period.

Katt Williams: Promo Cartoon - Poor Little Tink Tink

    * Check out a cartoon version of one of his sketches
    * "It's Pimpin, Pimpin" on CD is in-stores NOW!!! Be sure to check out the DVD version, too!
    * The outspoken comic is bringing his critically acclaimed brand of comedy to Warner Bros. Records

UGK's "UGK 4 Life" Slated for Spring Release

From Jive/Zomba:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                            JANUARY 27, 2009


New York, NY – Bun B, one half of the legendary hip-hop duo UGK announces the release of UGK: UGK 4 Life. The sixth studio-album from the influential southern duo, Bun B and the late Pimp C, is a poignant culmination of their musical legacy. “The new UGK album '4 Life' is the final studio album from my late great brother Chad Butler aka Pimp C and myself,” Bun B (Bernard Freeman) explains. “It is my sincere hope that it's a fitting bookend to the legacy of UGK and to the life and times of Pimp C.”  UGK: UGK 4 Life will be released on Jive Records in early spring 2009.

UGK: UGK 4 Life, “is an album for the people; for all those who have been with us from the beginning to those we’ve gained along the way, family and friends, the street cats and the squares, the supporters as well as the detractors,” Bun B states.  UGK: UGK 4 Life embodies the pure essence of UGK and the late Pimp C’s signature production incorporating the down and gritty Texas sound they created over two decades ago in Port Arthur, Texas. 

According to USA Today, “Pimp C and Bun B helped lay the foundation for southern hip-hop,” and ever since their 1988 EP release, The Southern Way, they have influenced a generation of artists including Jay-Z, OutKast, and Lil Wayne. UGK has maintained a constant presence in the rap world with mixtapes, indie releases and cameos on numerous singles. They have released five studio-albums that include their first major label Jive Records release Too Hard To Swallow (1992), Super Tight (1994), the gold-certified Ridin’ Dirty (1996), Dirty Money (2001), and the critically-acclaimed UGK (Underground Kingz) (2007).  The latter release was groundbreaking for the duo: it was the first time UGK debuted #1 on three separate album charts. Additionally, UGK earned their first Grammy nomination for their collaborative hit, “Int’l Players Anthem (I Choose You)” featuring OutKast.

Delicious Vinyl - Yancey Boys - The Instrumentals

From Audible Treats:

Delicious Vinyl Feeds Dilla Freaks In Need Of Beats With Yancey Boys - The Instrumentals      01.28.2009

Illa J's Debut Album Released As Originally Recorded By Dilla; DJ King Most Provides Free Mega Mix

(January 28, 2009 - Brooklyn, NY) Mental for Dilla beats? We got you covered. Hot on the still-smokin' heels of Illa J's debut album Yancey Boys, comes...Yancey Boys - Instrumentals.

Thirteen beats created by the one and only James Yancey (aka Jay Dee aka J Dilla). Raw uncut Jay Dee goodness, heard first on Illa J's debut album Yancey Boys. These beats date from 1995-98, created during Jay Dee's tenure at Delicious Vinyl including his work on the Pharcyde's sophomore LP, Labcabincalifornia. Madly prolific, Jay Dee left these previously untouched beats behind. They were in the Delicious Vinyl vault for a whopping thirteen years before, in a case of manifest destiny, Dilla's younger brother John "Illa J" Yancey added his vocals to them to make the album Yancey Boys.

Now fans can get the raw material that Illa J worked with. From "We Here"'s kraut-tastic sizzle to the bumpadelic rumpus of "R U Listenin'.” From the dusted satin of "Sounds Like Love" to the torqued out dreamscape of "All Good,” these beats are all keepers. They’re available on your favorite format (double vinyl LP, CD, or digital download) online an in stores everywhere.

As an added bonus, San Francisco's DJ King Most ( whipped up a Mega Mix of the instrumentals: .

If you're in San Francisco, head over to 330 Ritch this Friday for a live performance.

If you're in Los Angeles, head over to Amoeba Records on February 11th to see Illa J rock a free in-store performance.

To set up interviews with Illa J or Mike Ross, the CEO of Delicious Vinyl, please contact Michelle

The Background:

When Jay Dee passed away from complications relating to lupus in February 2006, he left behind an extraordinary legacy of production work, including hits for Common, Janet Jackson, and Busta Rhymes. One mother lode of previously untouched beats dates from his time working on the Pharcyde's sophomore album, Labcabincalifornia (Delicious Vinyl, 1995). As Delicious Vinyl owner and founder Michael "Mike Floss" Ross explains: "From '95 through '98 Jay Dee was my go-to guy for hot beats and remixes. He was always making beats, always. So there was a select amount of tracks that he composed for me during that time, tracks as good as anything he'd done, only they never got used. When I finally met Illa J last year, I gave him a CD containing those unreleased beats."

In a case of pure serendipity, 21 year-old Illa J had just relocated from Detroit to Los Angeles and constructed a studio built using Jay Dee's recording equipment. He dubbed it Yancey Boys Studios in tribute to their fraternal bond. "Dilla was 12 years older than me," Illa J says. "So back in the day in Detroit I was just a little kid, sitting on the stairs in our house, watching him make those first beats for Slum Village. I always felt my brother's tracks and had an instinct for what I wanted to do over them." When Illa J set to work in early '08 recording the album, the project flowed quickly as he entered the proverbial can't miss zone. The name of the studio rightly became the title of the finished album, Yancey Boys, which is available online and in stores everywhere on Delicious Vinyl Records.


"Yancey Boys Instrumental Mega Mix" by King Most
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"Sounds Like Love" featuring Debi Nova
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The Stephen Colbert Remix Challenge



On a recent episode of “The Colbert Report” (airdate January 7), Stephen Colbert interviewed Creative Commons founder Larry Lessig, about his new book, "Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy". Lessig, a strong proponent of modifying copyright restrictions on art (including music), was there to talk about the value added to society when people are encouraged to share and remix creative material.

During the interview, Colbert, dared the audience to break the rules: "Never... ever... ever... take anything of mine and remix it! For instance, I will be very angry if anyone takes this interview right here and remixes it with some great dance beat, and it starts showing up in clubs across America."

The nerve! The folks at Indaba Music didn’t miss a beat, and within hours they threw down the gauntlet, posting the audio stems from Colbert’s interview on their site for a remix challenge. As joint copyright holder of the interview Lessig licensed the audio under a Creative Commons BY License, making free to use

The results poured in, and Colbert’s camp went bonkers! The following week “The Colbert Report” aired the remix  created by Chris Lewis, and even made a music video to go with it, featuring Stephen Colbert getting buck wild (ahem) on the dance floor.

Colbert ended the show with another challenge: to remix a chapter from his audio book to “a K-Hole groove”.

What are you waiting for?  Grab Stephen Colbert’s audio stems here, and show him what it means to rumble with the remix nation!

For more information on Indaba Music, give us a shout – and send us your remix!

Sarah Avrin        212-989-2222, x118
Megan Brandt        212-989-2222 x108

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